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Kayon Murray-Johnson

Kayon Murray-Johnson
  • Assistant Professor
  • Adult Education
  • Phone: 401.874.4159
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My mother affectionately recalls me “teaching to pillows and cushions” throughout my formative years. Having my childhood passion equate to my career is priceless.  – Kayon Murray-Johnson

An educator at her very core, Dr. Kayon Murray-Johnson has so far enjoyed fifteen plus years, successfully training and facilitating diverse adult learners. Within the broad field of adult education, she has worked in adult and higher education, in vocational and technical education and in corporate settings in the United States and the Caribbean.

A significant part of her life and work has included professional development for educators, best practices for academic writing, and instructional design. Recently, a large part of her research agenda has surrounded best practices for facilitating dialogues on racial/ethnic difference (the major study on this, having been nominated for the outstanding dissertation award at her alma mater, Texas State University).

Although her work with adults has occurred in varied contexts, Dr. Murray-Johnson’s goal has remained the same: to use pedagogical best practices and positive affirmation as tools that would inspire and motivate her learners, and bridge the gap between challenges they face with content, and their desired goals. She always looks forward to new and exciting teaching and research opportunities, but equally enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.


Current Research Interests in Adult and Higher Education:

  • Creative Teaching Strategies
  • Faculty Development
  • Multicultural Education
  • Immigrant and International Students’ Learning Experiences


  • Ph.D., Adult, Professional and Community Education, Texas State University, 2015
  • M.Ed., Multicultural Education, Eastern University, 2010
  • B.Ed., English Education, University of the West Indies, 2001
  • B.B.A., Business Management, Monroe College, 1999


Hernandez, K. & Murray-Johnson, K. (2015). Toward a different construction of Blackness: Black immigrant scholars on racial identity development in the United States. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 17(2), 53-72.

Coryell, J. E., & Murray, K. (2014). Adult learning and doctoral student research forum participation: Insights into the nature of professional participatory experience. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 9, 309-327.

Murray-Johnson, K. (2013). Cultural (De) coding and racial identity among women of the African Diaspora in US Adult Higher Education, Adult Learning, 24(2), 55-62.

Murray-Johnson, K. (2015). Review of the book, Sit and get won’t grow dendrites: 20 learning strategies to engage the adult brain. Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, 4(1), 59-61.

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